Just a month after the release of iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2, Apple made the versions of iOS 15.2.1 Y iPadOS 15.2.1 when nobody (or almost nobody) expected them. And it is that these versions did not have previous beta versions, since they were launched urgently to fix some major issues found in the previous version. Therefore, if you have an iPhone or iPad, you should update them now.
Why is it important to update now?
Intermediate iOS and iPadOS updates like these are motivated in most cases by a serious flaw detected in the existing versions, either at the performance or security level. In this case we have a little of each, since they were detected vulnerabilities in HomeKit, in addition to a problem that made iCloud Private Relay is disabled suddenly and for no apparent reason, although only in some terminals.
The security problems with HomeKit were really discovered a long time ago and even Apple implemented measures to cover it in iOS 15.1. However, this same month of January it was already highlighted by some security specialists who warned that it continued to exist. Therefore Apple decided to examine and patch it as soon as possible and hence the imminent launch of these new updates. In BleepingComputer you can get more technical information about this bug.
The update process is the same as always: go to Settings> General> Software update. Although, at least yesterday, this process was apparently different on a visual level, since there was no description with the news. Be that as it may, it will not prevent you from successfully updating your devices.
There were also betas of iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3
The theoretical next versions of software for iPhone and iPad were precisely these, but since they were still in their early stages of development, Apple opted for the intermediate ones. However, the company did not forget about these 15.3 versions and released its second beta versions yesterday. We remember that they had not launched any since December because of the Christmas break and if we add the macOS 12.2 launched on Tuesday, we can confirm that the beta development processes have already returned to normal.
Of course, at the time of publishing this news, no great news has been found. In fact, although this is not technically the case, at a visual and functional level this second beta seems identical to the first. In any case, we will continue to see what progress has been made in this regard, since it is foreseeable that finally more outstanding news will be included, despite the fact that with iOS 15.2 we already had a good string of news.
About when will they be officially released to the public these versions there are more doubts. And, as usual, Apple does not reveal dates or even approximate deadlines. Normally, this beta period usually lasts 2 months, although with the Christmas holidays it could be extended a little more. Therefore, although by the end of February there could be something, it seems that it will be March the indicated month and the one that would give the company the greatest room for maneuver, since it could even be accompanied by the first product launches of the company in 2022.